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Widest earnings gap posted for college grads in 48 years

The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday. Young adults with just a high-school diploma earned 62 […]

Seek the truth, not sensationalism

Public outcry has been reignited regarding the unsolved murders of eight victims commonly referred to as the “Jeff Davis Eight.” The fact that the person(s) responsible for taking the lives of these women remains free, however, is never far from the minds of the victims’ families or law enforcement. The latest spark was triggered by […]

New farm bill features both pros and cons

According to the Associated Press, it isn’t just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There’s also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation’s 47 million food stamp recipients. After years of setbacks, the Senate passed the nearly $100 […]

Help name the 2014 Louisiana Young Hero

A lot of attention is given to the young people who get into trouble or underachieve in school, but often, the students who do exceptionally well in the classroom or make a huge difference in their communitIES do not receive the recognition they deserve. That’s why LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge created […]

Obesity risk starts before school age

Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child’s “weight fate” is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten. The prevalence of weight problems has long been known — […]

Government panel agrees with what most Americans believe

A government review panel warned Thursday that the National Security Agency’s daily collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal and recommended that President Barack Obama abandon the program and destroy the hundreds of millions of phone records it has already collected. The recommendations by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board go further than Obama […]

Now we have some winter weather experience

After two days of cabin fever and frozen grounds (or, “snow”, as some erroneously called it), Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) has thawed. Last Friday and this Tuesday and Wednesday were quite unusual days for us all. Despite the constant heckling from northern news media and residents, the truth is, we are just not accustomed to […]

Rapides Parish teen’s death shows danger of flu

Jawanda Wood knew something was wrong with her son. Tyler “Twig” Wood had never let a cold stop him if there was someplace to go or something to do. But he was spending all day in bed, not even moving to respond to a phone barrage of texts and calls. He had never missed a […]

The media is not responsible for society

Could “The Young and the Restless” or “General Hospital” be the reason for problems in America? You probably laugh, but in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro believes his country’s telenovelas (soap operas) are spreading “anti-values” to young people. Monday, Venezuelan officials actually met with television heads to discuss possible violations of a 2004 law requiring “socially […]

Vitter to run for La. governor

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana’s 2015 governor’s race, announcing his decision Tuesday in an email to supporters and immediately becoming the front-runner for the election. “I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana,” the […]

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